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Two fishermen rescued from burning fishing boat in Cook Inlet

The scene of a rescue in Cook Inlet on Thursday morning after an engine room fire on a fishing...
The scene of a rescue in Cook Inlet on Thursday morning after an engine room fire on a fishing boat. (KTUU)
Published: Jul. 21, 2016 at 8:50 AM AKDT
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Alaska commercial fishermen report a dramatic rescue in Cook Inlet early Thursday.

Domnin Martushev said was getting ready to fish for sockeye salmon early this morning when he noticed thick, black smoke pouring out of a nearby vessel.

“We knew something was wrong,” Martushev told KTUU by cell phone from the fishing vessel, Player.

Matushev and his captain motored toward the burning vessel. Another fishing boat had also come to help but its engine died so it wasn’t able to assist. The Player approached the burning vessel, Winchester.

“We went up to the bow and we grabbed the two passengers. We grabbed their hands and tossed them in our boat,” Martushev said.

It turned out the smoke was the result of a fire in the engine room, Martushev said.

The incident took place about four to five miles offshore from the mouth of the Kasilof River on the Kenai Peninsula, Martushev said.

The Coast Guard said it received a report about the incident.

“There were no injuries. The vessel has since burned,” said Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios, a Coast Guard spokesman.

The Coast Guard’s marine safety detachment in Homer plan to survey the area where the boat burned to check for any pollution.

Contact KTUU senior digital reporter Paula Dobbyn at pdobbyn@ktuu.com, 907-762-9242 or @pauladobbyn